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The Selective Collective features Wentworth Hall – Casting Call

The Selective Collective reads WENTWORTH HALL by ABBY GRAHAME

This the first of our January posts for The Selective Collective, we read WENTWORTH HALL by Abby Grahame, sent to use by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for review and book club discussion. For my part in this month’s Selective Collective post, I will be doing Casting Call – Picking a few actors who I think would be great in the hypothetical movie version of WENTWORTH HALL.

Before we get started, here’s a brief synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Book Synopsis:  Eighteen-year-old Maggie Darlington has turned into an entirely different person. The once spirited teen is now passive and reserved. A change Lord and Lady Darlington can’t help but be grateful for.
     It’s 1912, and the Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall have more than just the extensive grounds to maintain. As one of Britain’s most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been…even as their carefully constructed faÇade rapidly comes undone.
     Maggie has a secret. And she’s not the only one…the handsome groom Michael, the beautiful new French nanny Therese, the Darlingtons’ teenage houseguests Teddy and Jessica, and even Maggie’s younger sister Lila are all hiding something. Passion, betrayal, heartache, and whispered declarations of love take place under the Darlingtons’ massive roof. And one of these secrets has the power to ruin the Darlingtons forever.
     When scandalous satires start appearing in the newspaper with details that closely mirror the lives of the Darlingtons, everyone is looking over their shoulder, worrying their scandal will be next. Because at Wentworth Hall, nothing stays secret for long. (Summary from Goodreads.com)

CASTING CALL

Here are my choices for Casting Call, picking some actors who I picture as the main characters from WENTWORTH HALL (and thanks to Kristina at Gone Pecan for helping me find some British actors – I didn’t know many before)!

Maggie (Imogen Poots): According to the book, all of the Darlingtons have blonde hair and light eyes. Imogen Poots looks like a great choice for Maggie. I could easily see her in that role and bringing a lot of depth to her character.

Lila (Jessica Barden): Okay, I know she’s a brunette, but she’s so stinkin cute! The casting directors might have to dye her hair blonde for the role, I think Jessica Barden would make a great little sister as Lila Darlington. I feel like she’d be spunky and inquisitive and could pull off a really great Lila! She seems like she would be great in the little sister role.

Adele Haenel as Nora

Therese (Adele Haenel): It took me a while but I finally found a French actress for Therese, but I think Adele Haenel would be a great addition to the cast. I actually haven’t seen much of her work since she’s mainly in French films, but provided she speaks English (which I now realized I’m not even sure), I think she’d be great as the French nanny with a few more secrets hidden in her closet.

Michael (Jeremy Irvine): Okay come on. How could I not pick Jeremy Irvine! (And thanks to Kristina for helping me with this one because once I saw it, it was an obvious choice) Jeremy Irvine with a HORSE. Maybe most known for his role in War Horse, it was only fitting to cast him as the stablehand Michael and the romantic interest of Maggie. It’s just perfect.

So that’s it! Those are the actors I would cast in WENTWORTH HALL. If you’ve read the book, what do you think? Who would you choose? 

And please don’t forget to check out the features from the other ladies in The Selective Collective! We each have a post to feature a different side of WENTWORTH HALL so please go visit their take on the book as well!

Tee @ YA Crush Author Interview: Abby Grahame
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA Wentworth Hall Style
Diana & Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks Round Table: Book Club Discussion
Daphne & Kristina @ Gone Pecan Review: Wentworth Hall

Casting Call [9] – If I Stay


Welcome to Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.
Casting Call is now a weekly meme for you to join in on the fun! Just check out the schedule at any one of the host blogs and join us on Fridays!

First up this week, we’re casting for If I Stay by Gayle Forman. If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads:

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

My review: If I Stay 5/4/12
My Review: Where She Went 6/26/12

Guys, this casting is SUPER important to me!! These two novels (If I Stay and Where She Went) are two of my ALL TIME favorites. They skyrocketed Gayle Forman to the top of my favorite authors list. I felt so many emotions while reading them! Casting is kind of hard. I feel for Mia. I love Adam. The actors to play them have to be perfect!

Now, apparently there is a movie adaptation in the works (go Gayle!!!) BUT from what is says in this Wikipedia article (though I don’t know how truthful it is), I don’t like any of their possible Mias so far. Yikes!

Emma Roberts as Mia Hall

Mia: Okay, my turn to use Emma Roberts! I needed someone who I felt could play a quieter side. Serious about the cello, more bookish than punk rock yet tough enough to decide how to handle the loss of her family. I love Emma Roberts for Mia (and I think she looks kind of like the girl on the cover).

Ethan Peck as Adam

Adam: Dear Adam. I love you. I did my research on Adam. I toiled through my brain and through the interwebs scouring for an actor I could see being my Adam. And then I saw Ethan Peck and I thought YES! He’s a little broody, a little nerdy, and I could totally see him as a guy in a punk band who’s in love with a nerdy cello player. Yes, yes, and yes. Love him. 

Teddy: For Mia’s little brother Teddy, I chose CJ Adams who was most recently in The Odd Life of Timothy Green. I think he could be a great little brother to someone like Emma Roberts as well as being an adorable little kid that your heart just goes out to.

Mia’s father: I was perusing through actors who I thought would make a good Mr. Hall and I came across Ethan Hawke and was like, “Yeah… he could totally be perfect!” Mia’s Dad used to be a punk rocker and is now turned almost hipster professor, complete with elbow patches on his tweet jacket and all. I could definitely see Ethan Hawke going back and forth between a rock star and a professor-type role so that was who I stuck with!

 

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

And don’t forget, this is a bi-weekly meme for you to participate in too, so link up over at Teen Lit Rocks so we can see who your choices are!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
Tee @ YA Crush
Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.

Casting Call [8] – Lola and the Boy Next Door


Welcome to Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.
Casting Call is now a weekly meme for you to join in on the fun! Just check out the schedule at any one of the host blogs and join us on Fridays!

First up this week, we’re casting for Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins! If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads:

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.


When Cricket—a gifted inventor—steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.


My review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

 

Anna Sophia Robb as Lola Nolan

Lola: I chose Anna Sophia Robb for my Lola – I just think she could do a great job balancing between quirky and serious and she’s someone I could picture dressing up in Lola’s costumes and not looking totally out of place. I really think she could pull off the role perfectly. 

Cory Monteith as Cricket Bell

Cricket: Tall, lanky, a little goofy. I just pictured Cory Monteith the whole time. I know he’s a little bit older in real life, but hey, he plays a teenager on Glee (although I haven’t watched in a long time). I just couldn’t picture anyone else. 

Nathan and Andy (Lola’s dads): I know it’s incredibly stereotypical of me, but I really did picture Mitchell and Cameron from Modern Family as Lola’s two dads. I’m a huge fan of Modern Family and so that was just the image I had.

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

And don’t forget, this is a weekly meme for you to participate in too, so link up over at Teen Lit Rocks so we can see who your choices are!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
Tee @ YA Crush
Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast The Selection by Keira Cass!

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.

Casting Call [7] – The Body Finder


Welcome to Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.
Casting Call is now a weekly meme for you to join in on the fun! Just check out the schedule at any one of the host blogs and join us on Fridays!

First up this week, we’re casting for The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting! If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads:

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world… and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer… and becoming his prey herself.

We are so excited to officially introduce this as a meme for everyone to participate in now! Since we’re all casting, we’re no longer breaking up the cast amongst up. Now each week, all of us will do the full cast of characters of our choice – and we look forward to seeing your picks as well!! 

Lily Collins as Violet

Violet: I wanted the girl who played Violet to be pretty and kind of seem delicate but she’s really a fighter underneath. She had to be someone who was likeable and had a good sense of humor too. My ultimtate choice? Lily Collins (who I do NOT see as Clary, by the way).

Seriously…. great job growing up!

Jay: If there is ANY actor out there to play Jay, I’d pick Shia LaBeouf. Why, you ask? What other actor do you know of that was totally unattractive goofball and turned into mega hottie? He’s like the Cinderella story of puberty. Anyway – It’s not how I originally pictured Jay, but I couldn’t get that comparison out of my head how Jay used to be just normal, average, totally under the radar and then all the girls couldn’t keep away.

Robert Knepper

“The Serial Killer”: There are two guys I would like to cast as a creepy serial killer. Actually there are more than two, but still. I’ll stick with these guys for now. I’m going with Robert Knepper or Chris Cooper. I can’t imagine either of these guys as a good guy… EVER. They both kind of creep me out… Especially Chris Cooper. Okay, so MAYBE Chris Cooper isn’t as scary in The Muppets… but still. A super-creepy villain nonetheless. 

Chris Cooper – Villain extraordinaire!

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

And don’t forget, this is a weekly meme for you to participate in too, so link up over at Teen Lit Rocks so we can see who your choices are!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
Tee @ YA Crush
Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins!

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.

This week at The Book Addict’s Guide…

Monday: A Fortnight of Fright: Guest Post from Kelsey – Haunted Walks Are Fun!Series Catch-Up 2012 Challenge: Sign-Ups!
Tuesday: 
Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Reads!
Wednesday: Something Strange and Deadly Read Along: Week 3
Thursday: A Fortnight of Fright: Favorite Halloween TV Episodes!
Friday: Casting Call [7]: The Body Finder

Casting Call [6] – Shadow and Bone


Welcome to Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.
Casting Call is now a weekly meme for you to join in on the fun! Just check out the schedule at any one of the host blogs and join us on Fridays!

First up this week, we’re casting for Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo! If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads and a link to my original review:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

My original review:  Shadow and Bone from 8/26/12
Leigh Bardugo appearances: Five Good Reasons to Read Recap, Fierce Reads Tour

We are so excited to officially introduce this as a meme for everyone to participate in now! Since we’re all casting, we’re no longer breaking up the cast amongst up. Now each week, all of us will do the full cast of characters of our choice – and we look forward to seeing your picks as well!! 

The Darkling: I knew EXACTLY what I thought the Darkling looked like in this book. I don’t even think I need to explain my choice of Matt Bomer as his role in the Darkling. He would kill it.

Mia Wasikowska as Alina

Alina: Mia Wasikowska is my Alina, no doubt about that. I always pictured her looking something like Mia and even in the Q&A, Leigh Bardugo herself said that  she thought Mia would be good for the role! So… maybe that made me a little biased too.

Deborah Ann Woll as Gadya

Genya: I actually pictured Genya looking like a young Angie Everhart. Since we can’t go back in time, I had to pick a more age-appropriate choice.  I love Deborah-Ann Woll in True Blood and I think she’d be a great glamorous red-head for Genya.

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

And don’t forget, this is a weekly meme for you to participate in too, so link up over at Teen Lit Rocks so we can see who your choices are!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
Tee @ YA Crush
Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting! 

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.

Casting Call [5] – Anna and the French Kiss


Welcome to Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.

First up this week, we’re casting for Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins! If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads and a link to my original review:

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near – misses end with the French kiss Anna – and readers – have long awaited?

My original review: Anna and the French Kiss from 10/8/12

Anna Kendrick as Anna Oliphant

Anna Oliphant: I took a few liberties on this one, but I couldn’t help but picture Anna as Anna Kendrick. She doesn’t have the gap in her teeth, but we can put a blonde streak in her hair. I just thought her personality fit Anna Oliphant so perfectly. I know she’s way super short for Anna Oliphant’s character too, but I don’t care. I absolutely adore Anna Kendrick and I think her personality is just perfect for the role.

Ed Westwick as Etienne St Clair

Etienne St. Clair: This was a tough one. I thought about Tom Sturridge because I really liked him Pirate Radio… but I also felt like he comes off as kind of a jerk. I don’t know why Ed Westwick is better as my choice since he’s kind of an ass in Gossip Girl (which is what I really know him from), but as good as he is playing a baddie on Gossip Girl, I think he could be a good St. Clair. I like his attitude and I could definitely picture him in a relationship with Anna and all the joking around and the teasing. And he has really good hair.

Leven Ramblin as Meredith

Meredith: I totally pictured Meredith as Leven Ramblin (seen on Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, the Hunger Games). She’s blonde with an athletic build, blonde curly hair, and I totally pictured her as Leven Ramblin right from the start. Again, maybe not as tall as Meredith is supposed to be but apparently the rest of my cast is all short so it’s all good with me! I think she’d be a perfect Meredith.

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
Tee @ YA Crush
Dixie @ Gone Pecan

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo!

More exciting news!!!! We’re turning CASTING CALL into a WEEKLY MEME for everyone to participate in! Just catch the line-up on the tab of any one of the host pages for what book we’re casting that week and hook up with the linky which will be posted at Teen Lit Rocks each week. Starting next week, join us at Casting Call and turn your favorite books into movies 🙂

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.

Casting Call [4] – The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight


Welcome to the very first ever edition of Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.

First up this week, we’re casting for The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith! If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads and a link to my original review:

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.
A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?
Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

My original review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight from 9/3/12

This week, we’ll all be casting the complete collection of characters since there are so few characters to choose from. I’ve got a total of five characters I’m casting: Hadley, Oliver, Andrew Sullivan (Hadley’s dad), Charlotte (step-mom-to-be), and Charlotte’s bridesmaid friend:

Bridgit Mendler as Hadley Sullivan

Hadley: Okay, so I know Hadley is supposed to have blue eyes, but when I was reading this book, I pictured a girl like Bridgit Mendler. Sort of a darker blonde, wavy-ish hair, and not a drop-dead gorgeous but more of a girl-next-door look. I thought she would be the perfect Hadley for my cast and okay, maybe we can give her some blue contact lenses if you really want to stick with the exact character description (whatever, I still think Daniel Radcliffe should have had green contacts… that was kind of a big part of story and I’m sorry if I’m still a little sour about that!)

Dennis Quaid as Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan (Hadley’s father): I’ve been hoping to use Dennis Quaid as a dad in one of these Casting Calls for a while now and once I picked Bridgit as my Hadley, I was like, “Wow, they actually kind of look alike too!” I did some age checking and yep, that’s about right! Plus, he already knows how to play a dad who marries another woman after divorce (The Parent Trap). Ha!

Alex Pettyfer as Oliver

Oliver: Okay, so this one was tough for me. I needed a cute British guy who was young enough to play Oliver. I barely know many British actors much less young much less cute! So I had to go back and do a little research and the more I thought about it, the less I could avoid casting Alex Pettyfer. I mean, look at him! A little bit scruffy, darkish blonde hair, and for some reason I always pictured him in one of those knit caps that are fashionable nowadays. Hm. Anyway…

Sophia Myles as Charlotte

Charlotte (Stepmom): Shame on me for not remembering since I just read this book a month ago, but I can’t really remember the details about Charlotte. I pictured her blonde, somewhat younger than Hadley’s dad (maybe in her 30s) and of course, British. So I came up with Sophia Myles (best known from Tristan & Isolde and Underworld). I actually had a picture more like Christina Cole (the evil stepsister from What a Girl Wants with Amanda Bynes) but she was still a bit too young to be Hadley’s stepmom for me, so Sophia Myles was my next choice!

Sarah Parish as Violet

Violet: I love Sarah Parish! She’s the perfect best friend/supporting actress, she’s got great comedic timing and I absolutely pictured Charlotte’s friend as Sarah Parish. Although I think if we cast her in the movie, she might be a scene-stealer! Violet is Charlotte’s bridesmaid who seems to be some good support for Hadley even though she doesn’t know her and really, just a nice person in a time when Hadley feels alone and needs a helping hand, but refuses to ask for it. I think Sarah Parish would be great for this role!

Now I want to hear your thoughts! 

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
Tee @ YA Crush
Dixie @ Gone Pecan

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast one of my favorite reads, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins!

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.

Casting Call [3] – The Fault in Our Stars


Welcome to the very first ever edition of Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple of characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.

This week, we’re casting for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green! If you haven’t read the book or want to catch up on what it was about, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads and a link to my original review:

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

My original review: The Fault in Our Stars (posted 9/7/12)

This week, I will be casting Mr. & Mrs. Waters (Augustus’s parents):

Mrs. Waters: The only real description I could find for Augustus’s mom was “short and mousy” but other than that, I didn’t have much to go on. I wanted his mom’s character to be a strong one. I felt like both of Augustus’s parents tried to remain upbeat for most of the book and ultimately supportive. We also know his mom really loves all of those proverbial little sayings since they’re covering the entire house.
So I’d searched for who I could picture as a good Mrs. Waters and I came up with Patricia Clarkson. Most recently I recognized her for her role in Easy A as Emma Stone’s mother. Although quite a different character from what I’d be casting her in for The Fault in Our Stars, I think she’d be great to tackle this role! 

Mr. Waters: This was actually kind of a tricky one for me. Mr. Waters is supposed to be “thin” according to the book and since his mom is described as tall, we assumed that Augustus must get his basketball height from his dad. Tall, thin – I kept picturing someone like Neil Flynn. Although technically Neil Flynn is younger than Patricia Clarkson, I think they could make a nice parental duo! I think that all still works out okay age-wise for him to have had Augustus’s two older sisters as well. 

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks (Augustus Waters and Mr. Lancaster)
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA (Peter Van Houton and Lidewij Vliegenthart)
Tee @ YA Crush (Hazel and Isaac)
Dixie @ Gone Pecan (Katilyn and Mrs. Lancaster)

Join us next week as we cast The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith!

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.

Casting Call [2] – Divergent


Welcome to the very first ever edition of Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple of characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.

This week, we’re casting for Divergent by Veronica Roth! If you haven’t read the book or want to catch up on what it was about, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads and a link to my original review:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her..

My original review: Divergent (posted 9/6/12)

This week, I will be casting Christina (Tris’s friend, formerly Erudite), Mrs. Prior (Tris’s mom), and the Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews. Here are my choices:

Jeanine Matthews: Okay, for Jeanine Matthews, I chose Eva Green. I more pictured her as a brunette with medium length hair (her hair’s a little bit more red in this picture but she’s usually a brunette) and add glasses, but I also chose her for her gray eyes (as described in the book and better seen in this picture) and well, because she scares me. My boyfriend and I saw Dark Shadows which is mostly a dark comedy (think Beetlejuice-ish if you haven’t seen it) and yeah, Eva Green scared me a lot in that movie. She’d be a great personality fit for Jeanine Matthews as well!

Mrs. Natalie Prior (Beatrice’s mom): When I read Divergent, I immediately pictured someone thin, blonde, shorter hair, but since she was Abegnation, someone who didn’t really stand out as much, quieter personality, etc. Then once I got further in the book, I realized we needed a tougher Mrs. Prior than I thought. I underestimated her. I needed strong and quiet and brave and smart all at the same time. Hence Kelly Rutherford as my choice. I think she’d be a great match to play Beatrice’s mom. Although I’ve only ever seen her in Gossip Girl as a tough mom of a couple of brats (okay, even if you like the show, you know it’s true), I’d really like to see her tackle a dystopian role and see how she’d fare in that!

Christina (Tris’s friend, former Candor): So there was an interesting topic of discussion raised when I said I wanted to cast Christina this week for Casting Call – I threw out the ideas that I had of how I pictured Christina in my mind. In the book she’s described with dark skin and short black hair. I don’t know if it was a result of my reading too quickly or just a difference of opinion, but I had always picture Christina looking (almost exactly) like Josie Loren except with really curly hair (for some reason – I’m not sure where I got the curly hair from – Was that even mentioned???). As we were talking about it some more (and I looked at a couple discussions online because I wondered if anyone else had pictured her the way I had), it sounds like people were split. A lot of readers pictured Christina with darkER skin (which I guess is the same page I was on – the way I read it, I pictured it just darker than mine: something along the lines of what someone might describe as latina or the Italian/Greek olive skin tone) and in the end I think I realized it’s really about the reader’s perspective a lot of the time! The other half perceived “dark” (possibly as it was intended) as African-American and I was surprised simply because I just had a different image in my mind. Looking back on a few specific quotes, it sounds like this might have been how Roth intended us to picture Christina, but at the same time, I was glad people were picturing the same thing as me.
Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks brought up an excellent point which I wanted to share as well: Since I felt embarrassed when my picture of Christina seemed “wrong”, she brought up the controversy that swam around the web when Thresh and Rue were cast in The Hunger Games and about how a lot of people didn’t picture them as African-American and also when many of Bella’s friends were cast as different ethnicities in Twilight vs the descriptions in the books (also pointed out by Sandie).
So as embarrassed as I was that my image seemed so off, apparently it might not have been after all! So for this, I open up the discussion forums – I’m really interested to hear what you guys think! How did you picture Christina? Were there any other times this happened to you (maybe with THG as well)? I really want to hear other people’s feedback!  


Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks (Four and Uriah)
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA (Will and Eric)
Tee @ YA Crush (Tris and Mr. Prior)
Dixie @ Gone Pecan (Caleb and Peter)

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast The Fault in Our Stars by John Green!

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.

Casting Call [1] – The Sky is Everywhere


Welcome to the very first ever edition of Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.

First up this week, we’re casting for The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson! If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads and a link to my original review:

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life – and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.

My original review: The Sky is Everywhere

This week, we will be casting Lennie, Joe, and Toby and I had a specific picture in my mind for Lennie’s Uncle Big so I decided to cast him as well! Here are my choices:

Shailene Woodley as Lennie Walker

Lennie: This one was really hard for me. Who was my Lennie? I knew I was looking for a brunette (was Lennie even a brunette? I tend to use the character descriptions as guidelines sometimes. Sorry, authors), and I went back and forth on a lot of girls – I almost chose Kalia Prescott from The Hunger Games (District 3 female tribute, although I don’t actually remember seeing her in the movie) but if I’m correct, I think she was a model-turned-actress and I really needed my Lennie to be a bit more simple. Someone who had a more natural look and who could maybe fit the personality. Although I haven’t actually seen anything Shailene Woodley is actually in, I really like her look for Lennie and I’d hope she could pull off the roll! 

Justin Grant Wade as Joe

Joe: I don’t know why – I think maybe there was a mention of Joe wearing a Letterman jacket early on or something? – but for some reason I got this picture of Steve Holt (Steve Holt aka Justin Grant Wade from Arrested Development… Yeah, I don’t know) stuck in my brain and that was how I pictured Joe the whole time. I’m really not sure how that happened, but it did.Toby: The name Toby really doesn’t help me picture anyone good for this role (Toby is a horribly dorky name in my opinion (Sorry to any Tobys out there)) and to be honest, I kind of hated him for a long time in the book so I really didn’t want to picture him as anyone nice. I thought about this one for a long time and I finally came up with Matt Lauria from Friday Night Lights. To me, he’s somewhere in between a little dorky looking with the potential to look really nice, so I chose him as my Toby. Plus, I think he looks like the opposite of Justin Grant Wade which in one of my favorite quotes from the book, Lennie compares the two as opposites.

Jeffrey Jones as Uncle Big

Uncle Big: Again, this is another time that I’m not quite sure if I pictured it accurately from the character description in the book, but once I heard that Uncle Big had a big mustache, I immediately had a picture in my mind of someone (which I now think MAY be a cartoon character because it’s SO specific in my mind I cannot find the actor who actually looks like this) who has red hair, tall, built, and has a big burly mustache. I searched and searched to try to find who this guy was in my mind and I found nothing. So I did the second best thing and found someone to kind of look like that picture and that turns out to be present-day Jeffrey Jones (aka Mr. Rooney from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). A little bit scary, I know, and Uncle Big in my mind looked totally sweet and not creepy (like this picture), but it was the closest I could find LOL.

Now I want to hear your thoughts!
This week we each did a full cast for the book to help our special kick-off for Casting Call. Next week, we’re making you work for it! We’re splitting up the casting between us all for more of a “hop” between our blogs – Visit each one to get a full feel our our ideal cast!!

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
Tee @ YA Crush
Maggie @ Gone Pecan

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast the popular dystopian DIVERGENT by VERONICA ROTH!

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.